Florida DOE Selects Intrado as Mobile Panic Button Provider
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | Comments

The Florida Department of Education (DOE) chose its Intrado Safety Shield as one of the solutions that K-12 public and charter schools can select to comply with Alyssa’s Law, a state statute that mandates the implementation of mobile panic alert systems.

Named for Alyssa Alhadeff, one of the 17 students killed in the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Alyssa’s Law went into effect on July 1. Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, each Florida public school must implement a mobile panic alert system. Florida has allocated $8 million to implement the statewide system. Each school or district can select their mobile panic alert solution from a list of approved vendors, including Intrado.

“Intrado Safety Shield helps Florida schools and districts comply with all the requirements of Alyssa’s Law, in addition to offering a broad range of tools that allow schools to manage many other key aspects of school safety and emergency response,” said Vik Krishnan, general manager of Intrado notifications. “Already serving a majority of the school districts and public-safety answering points in Florida, we are thrilled that the Florida Department of Education has recognized us as an official Alyssa’s Law vendor.”

According to the statute, schools must implement a mobile panic alert system that is capable of connecting diverse emergency services technologies to ensure real-time coordination between multiple first responder agencies, integrates with local public-safety answering point (PSAP) infrastructure to transmit 9-1-1 calls and mobile activations, and ensures real-time coordination between multiple first responder agencies in a school security emergency.

Intrado Safety Shield’s tool provides a mobile panic button solution that works on both Apple and Android devices, automatically sends critical caller data to 9-1-1 dispatch, allows school leaders to share important data with 9-1-1 dispatchers and first responders in real time, assists with emergencies and offers additional tools that allow for end-to-end school safety management.

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